Don’t Be Afraid of What a Little Paint Can Do
Paint Is “Cheating”?!
For years I refused to use any paint on my polymer clay work. Like many other artists, I considered using paint “cheating.” I had come to the conclusion (wrongly I might add) that no real artist would ever use acrylic paints on polymer clay … I mean after all the reason polymer clay is colored (and can be mixed to make your own colors) is because you’d never have to use paint. Right? WRONG.
Here’s a list of just some of the few awesome polymer artists that use paints as an enhancement on their colored polymer clay designs: Christi Friesen, Doreen Kassel, Debbie Crothers, Miranda Farrand, Swirly Designs, Robots Are Awesome & hundreds (no, I’m not exaggerating) of others.
Paint As An Enhancement
Yes, you can use acrylic & oil paints on polymer clay. But the question is: when, why, & how would you want to use it? Well the answer will vary to all kinds of clayers. Some clayers use it to add an antique effect to an item [get the free tutorial here], others use it to enhance a design by adding paint as a surface treatment, and yet others use paints to completely alter the entire look of the design.
I chose to show one of my favorite dragons, Bari, as a prime example of how paint can be used as an enhancement. You’ll see on the dragon at the left that there are NO paint details. At this point, my Chinese jointed dragon (get the tutorial here) is clay only. Is he cute this way? You bet! But could I add something to him to enhance the look I already gave him? In this case, I could do that very easily with acrylic paints.
[Click on the picture at left to see the details close up]
Do You Use Paint on Polymer Clay?
Share below: how do you use paints on polymer clay? What kind of paint do you use and how do you apply it?